Focus: Miombo and General birds
The Harare area supports a large number of birds through diverse habitats ranging from miombo woodlands to wetlands and dams, grasslands and granite formations, large and small. Miombo and wetland birds tend to be the primary focus but excursions can be catered according to the birdwatchers’ goals. Visits to Christon Bank, Domboshawa & Ngomakurira, Ewanrigg Botanic Garden, Lake Chivero area and other birding spots in the city are all worthwhile. Further afield an overnight or longer trip to Hippo Pools can bring in a number of lower altitude species not found in Harare. A wealth of raptors occurs here!
Whyte’s Barbet, Green-backed Honeybird, Wood Pipit, Striped Pipit, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Boulder Chat, Miombo Rock-thrush, Collared Flycatcher (in season), Stierling’s Wren-warbler, Southern Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela, Red-faced Crombec, Miombo Tit, African Spotted Creeper, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Miombo Blue-eared Starling and Black-eared Seedeater.
Hippo Pools (Umfurudzi Safari Area)
White-backed Night-heron, African Finfoot, Racquet-tailed Roller, Boulder Chat, Livingstone’s Flycatcher
Ease of Birding
Many birds will be easy to see whilst some are elusive or seasonal. Miombo woodlands tend to be quiet in the afternoons presenting an opportunity to sample other habitats for other species. These areas require some walking in hilly terrain but present no difficulty for persons of average fitness.
Day 1 Arrival Harare. Depart for Hippo Pools (Umfurudzi Safari Area)
Day 2 Birding in Umfurudzi
Day 3 Birding in Umfurudzi
Day 4 Birding in Umfurudzi. Afternoon departure for Harare
Day 5 Birding in Harare – Christon Bank & Komani
Day 6 Birding in Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens & Ngomokurira/Domboshawa
Day 7 Birding in Haka Park/Mukuvisi Woodlands
Day 8 Birding around Chivero
Day 9 Departure from Harare
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